The day when I back from Philippines to Hong Kong, I keep thinking these 7-days, recalling the smile of locals of Infanta. I still remember I struggle a lot before the decision to attend this service trip. Now I feel it is my honor to participate in these meaningful trip.
It is my first time to go abroad, I am so excited and dropped the troubles behind. It is also my first time to practice Chinese medicine abroad, my feelings is so complicated with excitement and anxiety. I am happy and excited to promote Chinese medicine abroad, at the same time, I worry that my skill is not enough to save people there and my English is not so good. Luckily, I always have a positive mind. I see these obstacles as a challenge. I will overcome them because of my dream.
During these 7 days, the first and the last day spent on transportation. The other time left, we did the consultation, visit the hospital, school and broadcasting station. We knew that medical facilities were inadequate. Their health welfare was not guaranteed. This makes us , CMA, became more meaningful here. I enjoyed the session of voluntary consultation and was deeply impressed. There was 2 parts of consultation. One is out-patients service of clinic, and the other was home visits. I found that locals of Infanta believed in Chinese medicine. Even though it is the first time for someone to do acupuncture, they lied quietly. During the process I knew more about their body habits and have a deeper knowledge of common diseases.
People in Infanta is poor, but their life is simple. When the sun rises, they get up and work. When the dawn comes, they back home and rest. That make me feel I back to the natural world. And it is great to bring Chinese medicine to the natural environment ,too.
I have gained valuable experiences in this trip. I have to thank CMA, they work so hard to promote Chinese medicine to every corners of the world and start the new page of development of Chinese medicine. Thanks staff of ICDAI for all the preparation. Thanks our photographer,Martin, his photo shot record the beautiful and unforgettable memories.
On the fifth day, Candy and I stayed at home of local family, to experience life there. When we have arrived, it is already 10pm.They were very sincere with magnificent hospitality. They made the local dishes for us. I looked around the house, every corner were their family photos. And I wonder why there was a Spring Couplet in Chinese. After dinner, while we were watching television, we were listening to their stories. Do not look down on this television, not every family could afford to buy it. The host had 2 sons and 2 daughters. Their eldest son worked at Taiwan. That was why there was a Spring Couplet. Their son gave it to them. Then we looked at their photos, I could feel the family love within this house.
On the sixth day, I was woken by the crows. The chicken crowed early at 4-5 am.With the addition of dog barked, it is just like a natural symphony. The host has made breakfast for us. The juice was so fresh, it came from fruits picked from a nearby tree. This made me feel I am so close to the natural environment. So I treasured every moment with them. After breakfast, we did acupuncture treatment first, then we went sightseeing.
We reached the nearby street by motorbike and knew more about the culture, the local conditions and customs. I enjoyed looking at the building and landscape. They gave me an impression that they were unadorned and live simple. If you treat them kind, they would feel grateful and repay you the kindness. And they were thrifty. They did not waste any food. There were many thing we have to learn from them. Time flies, especially the joyful moments. I wished to have chance to come here again , so to get along with them and breath the fresh air.